Coach Esmay joins the 100-win club at ASU
Tim Esmay served as the head baseball coach at Arizona State for five seasons from 2010-14 and finished his tenure in Tempe, Ariz., with the 10th highest winning percentage in Pac-12 Conference history and the highest winning percentage among the 11 active head coaches in the Pac-12.
Esmay owns an overall coaching record of 414-329-2, including a 201-94-1 mark and a .679 winning percentage at ASU. He served as the head coach at the University of Utah for eight seasons from 1997-2004, and spent a total of 16 seasons with the Sun Devils as a head coach, assistant coach and two-year letterman.
He led the Sun Devils to the 2010 College World Series, two NCAA Super Regionals and four NCAA Regional appearances. The 2010 Pac-10 Coach of the Year and 1997 WAC Coach of the Year, Esmay has won two conference championships, set record academic marks and has helped 59 of his players play professional baseball.
In his five seasons at the helm of the Sun Devil baseball team, Esmay guided ASU to the second highest winning percentage in both overall record and conference play the Pac-12 between 2010-14. His 90-54 (.625) record in conference games and his 201-94-1 (.679) overall record ranks just below Oregon State among Pac-12 teams in that five-year span. He also molded the Sun Devils into one of the top offensive teams in the conference as the Devils ranked first in the Pac-12 in slugging percentage and home runs, and second in batting average, hits per season and RBI per season.
Esmay made academics a priority at ASU and turned the program into one of the top performers in the conference. Nine student-athletes were named to 2014 Pac-12 Conference All-Academic teams, the most in the 56-year history of the ASU program, and during the five years under Esmay, the baseball program elevated its GSR from 30-percent to 76-percent. The team also posted a program-best 992 APR rate in 2013, successfully moving from last place to second in the Pac-12 under Esmay. More than 70 percent of his student-athletes also routinely recorded a 3.0 GPA or higher each semester and 29 Sun Devils earned Pac-12 All-Academic honors between 2010-14.
Esmay’s teams were heavily involved in a number of community service events throughout his tenure, including regular visits to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, volunteering at the Salvation Army, speaking to junior high students about leadership, hosting clinics and partaking in Sun Devil Athletics Department events.
He was the second-fastest coach in ASU history to reach both 100 and 200 wins, and won 33 conference series’ and 90 conference games with the Devils. He posted a winning record in the 96 games he played against top-25 teams (52-44), including 19 wins over top-10 teams, as well as a winning record against four of the top teams in the Pac-12, including Arizona (14-11), Oregon State (9-7), Oregon (9-6) and UCLA (9-6).
Esmay joined former Sun Devil head coach Jim Brock as the only two managers in school history to lead the Sun Devils to the postseason in four of their first five seasons in Tempe and finished with an 11-8 record in the postseason. He advanced to one College World Series, two NCAA Super Regionals and four NCAA Regionals.
Esmay served as an assistant coach (hitting coach) for the 2013 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, which swept the Cuban National Team and became the first USA team ever to defeat Cuba in five consecutive games in international competition. He helped 10 players hit over .300 during the summer, including three that hit .375 and above. Six players recorded double-digit RBI and two had slugging percentages over .500, and as a team they knocked in nearly 60 extra-base hits while scoring 145 runs on 221 total hits.
Esmay helped send nine Sun Devils to play for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team since 2007, including one in each season between 2007-14, which is the longest streak among all schools.
ASU led the Pac-12 in First Team All-Conference selections with 24 between 2010-14, and 10 Sun Devils earned All-America honors in his five season and six were named Freshman All-America honors. A nation-best 41 Sun Devils were taken in the MLB Draft in Esmay’s five seasons at ASU, five more than the next closest team in Div. 1, Florida. Esmay produced an NCAA-best 10 selections in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft, including five in the first five rounds for the first time in program history since 1984.
In 2014, Esmay led the Devils to a third-place finish in the Pac-12, a the No. 2 seed in an NCAA Regional hosted by Cal Poly and a top-25 regular season ranking. They became the first team in school history to win a trio of three-game series’ over top-15 teams and notched eight conference series wins, tied for the second most in a single season in program history. The Devils ranked first in the Pac-12 in batting average, slugging percentage, hits and total bases, and was second in on-base percentage and runs scored.
In 2013, ASU finished fourth in the Pac-12 and 19th in the nation, and advanced to the NCAA Regional final against Cal State Fullerton. They recorded seven wins over top-five teams and finished in the top 30 in Div. I in triples (sixth), home runs (20th), slugging percentage (25th) and doubles (29th), and ranked first in the Pac-12 in slugging percentage, runs scored, RBI, doubles, home runs and total bases.
In 2012, the Devils tied for fourth in the Pac-12, but were ineligible for the postseason due to NCAA sanctions. The Devils led the conference with nine All-Pac-12 honorees, and recorded four straight Pac-12 home series sweeps in 2012 for the first time since 1988 and only the third time in program history.
In 2011, ASU placed second in the Pac-10 and advanced to NCAA Super Regionals for the second consecutive year. They hosted the regional round and swept through with three consecutive wins before ultimately falling to the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, in three games.
Esmay turned in one of the most memorable debut seasons at a school in history in 2010. After being named interim head coach on December 3, 2009, Esmay made his debut as Arizona State’s head baseball coach on February 19, 2010, an 8-0 win over Northern Illinois. That started a winning streak that would last 24 games, breaking the school record set in 1961 for most consecutive victories to open a season. Esmay and the Devils finished the regular season with a 52-10 record, including a 20-7 mark in Pac-10 play. Arizona State won another Pac-10 title and was the #1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Sun Devils would win all five postseason games played at Packard Stadium, including two thrilling Super Regional wins over Arkansas to send Arizona State to the College World Series for the second straight year. For his efforts, Esmay was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. Zack MacPhee was named Pac-10 Player of the Year and Seth Blair was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, while MacPhee was also a unanimous First Team All-American.
Esmay was the head baseball coach at the University of Utah from 1997 to 2004, winning a WAC title and WAC Coach of the Year honors in 1997. In eight seasons at Utah he compiled a 213-235-1 record. Esmay had 18 of his players go on to play professional baseball, including three from his last team in 2004. He also had 27 players earn all-conference honors during his tenure. Esmay’s eight-year career at Utah also saw his teams completely rewrite the Ute record books. In his first season directing the Utah baseball program, Esmay did what no Ute coach had done in 32 years when he led Utah to a WAC division title and a 36-21-1 record in 1997. The Utes posted a 22-8 record in the Northern Division that year. They also set nine school records as Esmay was named the 1997 Louisville Slugger WAC Coach of the Year. In 2002, Esmay guided Utah to a 33-26 overall and 16-14 conference record. The 33 wins is the second most in school history since 1963, and the second-place league finish is the Utes best since joining the MWC in `99. Senior pitcher Mitch Maio garnered 2002 MWC Co-Player of the Year honors.
Esmay spent ninie seasons as an assistant coach for ASU, including three as assistant head coach from 2007-09. He began his coaching career following his playing days at Arizona State (1986-87). He served as an assistant coach at Arizona State under Jim Brock from 1988 to 1990, then again in Brock’s final season of 1994. He returned to Arizona State in 2005 as an assistant coach and helped the team to a third place national finish and an appearance in the College World Series. He was named the assistant head coach prior to the 2007 season and served in that capacity for three seasons.
Over his playing and coaching career, Esmay has been a part of numerous teams that played in the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., including once as a player in 1987, twice as an assistant under Jim Brock in 1988 and 1994, three times as an assistant under Pat Murphy in 2005, 2007 and 2009, and once as a head coach in 2010.
Esmay was a two-year starter for the Sun Devils under Brock from 1986-87 following an All-American career at Scottsdale Community College. The infielder/catcher hit .305 (121-for-397) during his two years in Tempe with 23 doubles and five home runs. He was a member of ASU’s 1987 College World Series team and was named to the All-West Region team that season. Esmay was inducted into the Scottsdale Community College Hall of Fame in 2011. He hit .397 during his career at SCC and is still the school’s record holder for career doubles.
A graduate of Horizon High School, where his number 5 was retired in 1998, Esmay also coached at Brophy College Prep in Phoenix for two years (1992-93) and was an assistant at Grand Canyon University (1995) and Utah (1996) before taking over the head job in Salt Lake City in 1997.
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